'Natural disasters are shaped by social and economic inequality'
Down To Earth speaks to historian Ben Kingsbury, who, in his book An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876, says natural disasters are not simply natural, but shaped by all-too-human patterns of exploitation and inequality
'Policy dialogues around food security and climate adaptation need to draw from different disciplines'
Celia Petty is the co-founder and director of Evidence for Development (EfD), an UK-based organisation that specialises in research and capacity building for poverty alleviation, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction with focus on Africa. She recently spoke to Subhojit Goswami about food security, livelihood diversification and challenges in designing effective adaptation …
'We have to use the Paris Agreement for a strong agenda forward'
Sweden will pass a law next year to become carbon-neutral by 2045. Eva Svedling, the State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, who recently visited India to discuss Indo-Swedish collaboration on climate change and sustainability solutions, tells Rajat Ghai how Sweden plans to achieve its climate change mitigation goals
"Snow leopard habitat may be lost due to climate change"
The snow leopard is facing a huge threat from climate change and a hostile human population in Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Nawaz, an authority on the endangered species, speaks to Rajat Ghai about his conservation strategy that enabled the coexistence of local communities with carnivores, and reduced human-animal conflicts. Nawaz recently won the Whitley Award, popularly known as the Green Oscar, …
'All these sites have multiple stresses affecting them. Climate change only adds to that'
Adam Markham, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Deputy Director for Climate and Energy and lead author of UNESCO’s recent report on World Heritage sites (“World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016)") spoke to Down To Earth. Excerpts...
'India can learn from other regions on the need to adopt proactive drought management policies'
FAO expert Mohamed Bazza speaks on how climate change is expected to make drought worse and how the adoption of proactive drought management policies can help vulnerable people
'The Arctic will have a whole new face by 2050'
The Arctic changes faster than any other region and is a crucial indicator of climate change. The Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway, launched a unique research expedition in early 2015 in the Arctic Ocean to specially study young ice as it forms and melts on top of sea ice. Dinesh C Sharma speaks to Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of the institute. Excerpts
'Indigenous communities are key stakeholders in the climate change talks'
Ekai Nabenyo, 24, is the founder and chair of the Lorengelup Community Development Initiative, Kenya. An ethnic Turkana tribesman, he talks to Down To Earth about how climate change is affecting the life of his people and what he expects from COP21 later this month